Doctors find neurological injuries among US diplomats in Cuba, but the cause remains a mystery
- U.S. government personnel serving in Cuba appear to have “widespread” neurological damage, according to doctors working for the State Department.
- The diplomats’ symptoms, possibly caused by “sonic attacks,” lasted for days and weeks after exposure.
- Symptoms include memory problems, mental fogginess, impaired concentration, irritability, sadness and nervousness.
Doctors investigating “sonic attacks” against U.S. embassy staff in August have concluded that government personnel serving in Cuba appear to have “widespread” neurological damage.
Doctors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine found in a preliminary study that “these individuals appeared to have sustained injury to widespread brain networks without an associated history of head trauma.”
Eighteen out of 21 individuals evaluated by the doctors reported hearing a “novel, localized sound” in their homes and hotel rooms in Havana. The sound was likened to “buzzing, grinding metal, piercing squeals, and humming” and lasted anywhere from 10-second pulses to more than 30 minutes long. Affected individuals perceived this sound as “directional, intensely loud, and with pure and sustained tonality.”
Patients also associated the sound with a “pressure-like sensory stimuli” described as “air ‘baffling’ inside a moving car with the windows partially rolled down.”
Both the sound and sensory stimuli seemed to stem from a distinct direction. In fact, after changing locations, patients said the sensation disappeared and associated symptoms went away.
All but one of the patients “reported an immediate onset of neurological symptoms” when exposed to the sound, according to the report.
The cause of the symptoms has not yet been identified, and it’s still unclear how the noises are related to the patients’ reported symptoms.
“It appears that we have identified a new syndrome that may have important public health implications,” said Dr. Douglas Smith, the study’s senior author and director of Penn’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair, in a statement….
[the patient’s] symptoms were made worse by physical exertion and cardiovascular exercise….
Leave it to doctors to find new ways to expand medical turf. Anyway, it’s not a new syndrome and of course it has important public health implications, but only for targeted individuals. It is a microwave audio-to-skull weapon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave_auditory_effect , widely deployed by the US intelligence mafia for harassment and experimentation on americans http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2017/12/are-your-thoughts-and-feelings-really-your-own/ , and now seemingly used to further chill US-cuban diplomatic relations outside of normal washington bluster. The attacks started just after the last presidential election. No attempt was made to to be covert about this. Anyone with knowledge of microwave weapons would know immediately what was happening. There seems to be a conflict going on between the US state dept and US intel agencies.
Increased blood-brain barrier permeability in mammalian brain 7 days after exposure to the radiation from a GSM-900 mobile phone
… Our group has earlier shown that the electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones alters the permeability of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), resulting in albumin extravasation immediately and 14 days after 2h of exposure. In the background section of this report, we present a thorough review of the literature on the demonstrated effects (or lack of effects) of microwave exposure upon the BBB. Furthermore, we have continued our own studies by investigating the effects of GSM mobile phone radiation upon the blood-brain barrier permeability of rats 7 days after one occasion of 2h of exposure. Forty-eight rats were exposed in TEM-cells for 2h at non-thermal specific absorption rates (SARs) of 0mW/kg, 0.12mW/kg, 1.2mW/kg, 12mW/kg and 120mW/kg. Albumin extravasation over the BBB, neuronal albumin uptake and neuronal damage were assessed. Albumin extravasation was enhanced in the mobile phone exposed rats as compared to sham controls after this 7-day recovery period (Fisher’s exact probability test, p=0.04 and Kruskal-Wallis, p=0.012), at the SAR-value of 12mW/kg (Mann-Whitney, p=0.007) and with a trend of increased albumin extravasation also at the SAR-values of 0.12mW/kg and 120mW/kg. There was a low, but significant correlation between the exposure level (SAR-value) and occurrence of focal albumin extravasation (r(s)=0.33; p=0.04). The present findings are in agreement with our earlier studies where we have seen increased BBB permeability immediately and 14 days after exposure….
Increased cell wall permeability would account for worsening of symptoms under physical exertion (higher blood pressure). Note the apparent resonant amplitude (as opposed to resonant frequency) peaking at 12mW/kg. This has been seen before.
In late 2016, US government personnel serving in Havana, Cuba, began presenting to their embassy medical unit after experiencing unusual auditory and/or sensory stimuli of variable intensity and character, with associated onset of varied neurological manifestations. Initial signs and symptoms pointed toward injury of the auditory system, leading to the establishment of a triage program at the University of Miami centered around otolaryngology evaluation. Eighty embassy community members underwent initial evaluation between February and April 2017, and 16 individuals were identified with similar exposure history and a constellation of neurological signs and symptoms commonly seen following mild traumatic brain injury, also referred to as concussion.1 Exposures continued with time and 8 additional individuals were identified who had similar findings. The US Department of State, Bureau of Medical Services, subsequently convened an expert panel in July 2017, which came to consensus that the triage findings were most likely related to neurotrauma from a nonnatural source and recommended that further investigation into this novel cluster of findings was necessary….
Results Of 24 individuals with suspected exposure identified by the US Department of State, 21 completed multidisciplinary evaluation an average of 203 days after exposure. Persistent symptoms (>3 months after exposure) were reported by these individuals including cognitive (n = 17, 81%), balance (n = 15, 71%), visual (n = 18, 86%), and auditory (n = 15, 68%) dysfunction, sleep impairment (n = 18, 86%), and headaches (n = 16, 76%). Objective findings included cognitive (n = 16, 76%), vestibular (n = 17, 81%), and oculomotor (n = 15, 71%) abnormalities. Moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss was identified in 3 individuals. Pharmacologic intervention was required for persistent sleep dysfunction (n = 15, 71%) and headache (n = 12, 57%). Fourteen individuals (67%) were held from work at the time of multidisciplinary evaluation. Of those, 7 began graduated return to work with restrictions in place, home exercise programs, and higher-level work-focused cognitive rehabilitation….
Further reading: http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/?s=microwave